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Hazare in Lokpal fast threat

Mumbai, Dec. 9: Anna Hazare today said he would go on an indefinite hunger strike in his hometown Ralegan Siddhi to pressure the UPA government into passing the Lokpal bill in Parliament’s winter session.

The social activist said the Centre’s “betrayal” on the anti-corruption bill was one of the reasons for the Congress’s defeat in four states in the Assembly elections.

“When Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter stating that the government was ready to pass the Jan Lokpal bill urging me to end the fast, I believed her and ended the fast,” Hazare told reporters in Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra, recalling his earlier fast in Delhi. “But I didn’t know that the UPA government would betray me and the people.”

Hazare said two years after he had galvanised people at the Ramlila Ground during his fast, the bill continues to be stuck in the Rajya Sabha. “There are 71 Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha, but it is still stuck there,” he said.

He said he had received several letters from the government promising that the bill would be passed during the winter session in 2012 and the monsoon session this year, but it was not taken up. “Therefore, we are left with no other option. I will continue to fast till the bill is passed by Parliament.”

Hazare, 75, had twice staged protests in Delhi and once in Mumbai. In January 2012, he was admitted to a Pune hospital for eight days.